How to Sew a Chair Cushion Slipcover

Don’t overlook those thrift store or unwanted cushioned chairs or benches – the uglier the better! Let me show you how to sew a chair cushion slipcover to cover any undesirable upholstered chair or bench seat.

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:

1. Fabric  2. Cord  3. Twill ribbon

1

The first step is to rip an edge of your fabric so you get it on grain. Especially important if you are also using drop cloth like I did. Discard this piece you ripped off.

2

Next you will rip a piece to make the piping. Now generally, you use a bias cut piece for piping. Make a small slit about 2-2.5 inches from the edge, and rip all the way down.

3

If you are doing ruffles or pleats, you will also need to rip a piece for that. Figure out how long you want your ruffle/pleat to be, add 1.5 inch for the hem and seam allowance and rip another piece.

4

So you should end up with some ripped pieces for the pleat/ruffle and to make the piping.

5

Put those aside for now and cut a piece of fabric to cover the chair cushion. Cut it the shape of your cushion and don’t worry about the corners for now.

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